5 Essential Questions to Ask Yourself Before Doing a Kitchen Remodel
Kitchen renovations are one of the most popular home projects and for a good reason. Your kitchen is where you cook with your family, share meals together, and gather with friends. Kitchen remodeling is sometimes key for helping you feel at home in your own home. However, before you lose yourself in an endless stream of Pinterest boards, there are a few key questions you need to ask yourself before you begin your kitchen renovation project.
What vibe are you going for?
About 76% of homeowners will change the style of their kitchen during their kitchen remodeling project. Are you trying to make your kitchen more modern or cozy? Are you in love with the farmhouse kitchen aesthetic but prefer industrial accents?
Check out websites like Pinterest and Apartment Therapy to get an idea for the aesthetic you want your kitchen to have. Save a few images to create a mood board for yourself, but don’t let yourself fall down a rabbit hole. Choose around three to five images that have the right idea you’re going for. This can help your kitchen remodeling designers and contractors later down the line, too.
What are your family’s needs?
It’s understandable to have wants when it comes to your kitchen renovation. However, you want to make sure that those wants aren’t eclipsing your needs. For instance, if you need more space to move around in your kitchen, an island may not be the thing you need.
Instead, you might need to expand your kitchen out into your living room to get a little more legroom. Consider what you use your kitchen for right now. Do your kids do their homework at the counter or kitchen table? Do you use your kitchen for entertaining? How you use your space now can help you navigate the choices you’ll make when changing up your kitchen later on.
How do you want your kitchen to be used?
You might know your family’s current needs based on how you currently use your kitchen. But how would you want your kitchen to be used in the future? For instance, you might not use your kitchen for entertaining now, but you might want to use it for entertaining after your kitchen remodel is complete. In that case, you may want to consider new kitchen features that would be ideal for an entertainer such as a kitchen island with bar stools where guests can sit.
What do you regularly cook in your kitchen?
This may not seem like a big question to ask yourself during kitchen remodeling, but it can actually impact your choice of countertops and counter space. For instance, woodblock countertops can be aesthetically pleasing but don’t really work well when cooking with meat because it’s so porous. If you regularly cook with lemon juice, wine, or oils, you want countertops that aren’t porous or easy to stain like quartz countertops.
What is your budget?
Finally, the most important question to ask yourself is what your budget is for your kitchen remodeling project. Even if you have a substantial budget, you may not be able to get all the features you want. Consider how you can work with the budget you have to meet your needs. For instance, you may not have the budget for quartz countertops.
However, while granite countertops are still porous, they’re considerably less porous than laminate or wood countertops. Similarly, if you need more cabinet space but it’s not in your budget to expand your kitchen, you can have your kitchen remodeling contractors install additional shelving throughout your kitchen. A kitchen island can also be used as additional counter space for you and your family. Talk to your kitchen remodeling contractors to learn more about how your needs can work within your budget.
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